The Indianapolis Colts are set to start Carson Wentz for Sunday’s showdown against the Las Vegas Raiders, as the veteran quarterback was removed from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday – putting him on track to play in the Week 17 game. Under the NFL’s new COVID protocols installed this week, Wentz only needed to quarantine for five days instead of 10 (Wentz is not vaccinated).
Wentz just needs to get medics clearance on Sunday before being cleared to start for the Colts. Indianapolis also activated starting right tackle Braden Smith and reserve / COVID-19 cornerback TJ Carrie, so they tend to play against Las Vegas as well.
Wentz has had a rebounding season for the Colts, his first year at Indianapolis after being traded by the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason. He completed 62.8% of his passes, throwing for 3,230 yards with 25 touchdowns to just six interceptions for a passer rating of 96.4. After being sacked 50 times, a league record in 2020, Wentz has only been sacked 25 times this season, which has helped his overall performance.
The Colts are currently 9-6 and sit fifth in the AFC standings. Indianapolis will clinch a playoff berth with a win over Vegas on Sunday, so Wentz’s comeback is huge to make it happen.